“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much”
George Harrison

I don’t think it’s going to be easy going back to regular frosting or whipped cream again. This was my maiden attempt at making homemade mascarpone, & I cannot believe how luxurious cream can get. Bless the Italians. Panna Cotta has been on my faves as dessert for long enough; now along comes mascarpone! WOW!! I bought a local brand of mascarpone a while ago, used it with Balsamic Strawberries here, though the dessert was delicious, the mascarpone itself was very disappointing. My homemade one just ROCKED!

I made the mascarpone for my dad’s birthday cake. Actually I had tiramisu on my mind, but it’s just too hot to pipe & make ladies fingers. So I decided to make a simple sponge, saturate it with a strong coffee syrup, & use the mascarpone as topping. Then I googled, & saw Susan’s TWD Tiramisu @ SGCC. Ooooooh, was I in coffee heaven or what? With that idea in mind, I stopped by at Vera’s Baking Obsession, which is my ready reckoner of sorts now, and went through each cake recipe. Her chocolate genoise seemed like my answer. Yes, the idea was forming in my mind. The only ingredient deviation from Vera’s genoise recipe is that I used clarified butter/ghee instead of heating the 4 tbsps of butter & taking 3 tbsps once it was clarified. A simple shortcut as I have ghee at home. The crumb of the genoise was light, tender & moist, & the coffee syrup made it perfect! Sandwiched with a cream as luxurious & indulgent as homemade mascarpone, the cake was perfect. Just right – not exceedingly sweet, light, yet luxurious! I made the mascarpone 2 days in advance, the genoise a day in advance, & refrigerated both.
The daughter licked her plate clean. You couldn’t tell there had been cake on it. I suppose that’s her way of saying it was absolutely delicious as she is one of few words. Teens??? The son, on the other hand, is more generous with his words, & came to tell me that it was like a cake out of the pastry shop, only better! My dad, who’s birthday it was for, loved it of course. Hub, again a man of few words (& those few not minced at all), said it was better than a patisserie cake!! YAY!!
I think my mascarpone behaved a little differently from Vera’s instructions because of the fat content of cream. I used a 25% fat content & her recipe asks for a 36%. The cream also took almost 25 minutes to heat through, but never touched 190F on the candy thermometer. So I added the lime juice when the cream began bubbling slowly. Once made & cooled etc, the mascarpone looked a little dry, but mixing it in with cream & sugar made it luxuriously beautiful!

as adapted from Baking Obsession
Makes about 12 oz
600ml low fat cream (25 %) pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized), preferably organic cream
1 tbsp fresh lime juice

  • Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a wide skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low so the water is barely simmering.
  • Pour the cream into a medium heat-resistant bowl, then place the bowl into the skillet. Heat the cream, stirring often, to 190 F. It will take about 15 minutes of delicate heating.
  • Add the lime juice and continue heating the mixture, stirring gently, until the cream curdles. Do not expect the same action as you see during ricotta cheese making. All that the whipping cream will do is become thicker, like a well-done crème anglaise. It will cover a back of your wooden spoon thickly. You will see just a few clear whey streaks when you stir.
  • Remove the bowl from the water and let cool for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, line a sieve with four layers of dampened cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Transfer the mixture into the lined sieve. Do not squeeze the cheese in the cheesecloth or press on its surface (be patient, it will firm up after refrigeration time). Once cooled completely, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate (in the sieve) overnight or up to 24 hours.

As adapted from this recipe @ Baking Obsession
3 tbsp clarified butter/ghee
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
4 large eggs (I used 5 as the eggs were smallish)
2/3 cup fine granulated vanilla sugar

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line, grease & flour an 8-inch round cake pan.
  • Sift the flour and cocoa together three times; reserve.
  • Bring some water to a boil in a large pan/griddle & reduce to simmer. Place eggs & sugar in a large bowl, whisk constantly over the simmering water, heat the eggs to lukewarm (about 105F). Remove the bowl from the pan; leave the skillet on the stove but turn off the heat. With an electric mixer, beat the egg mixture at high speed until it has cooled, tripled in volume, and resembles softly whipped cream, about 5 minutes in a heavy-duty mixer or longer with a less powerful mixer.
  • Meanwhile, set the bowl of clarified butter/ghee and vanilla in the skillet of hot water, with the burner off, to keep it warm.
  • Sift about one-third of the flour and cocoa over the whipped eggs. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the mixture-quickly but gently-until combined. Fold in half the remaining flour and cocoa, then fold in the rest. Remove the warm butter mixture from the skillet. Scoop about 1 cup of the batter into the bowl with the butter and fold together until completely combined. Use the large rubber spatula to fold the butter mixture completely into the remaining batter. Turn the batter into the prepared pan and tilt to level.
  • Bake until the cake beginning to shrink slightly around the edges and the top springs back when pressed with your finger, about 40-45 minutes. Cool the cake completely in the pan on a rack.
  • To unmold, run a small knife or spatula around the inner edges of the pan. Invert it onto a rack and remove the parchment liner. Turn the cake right side up. The génoise can be wrapped and refrigerated for up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.

12oz Mascarpone Cream (recipe above)
200ml low fat cream (25% fat)
1 tsp coffee powder (increase or omit as desired)
2-3 tbsps ground vanilla sugar, or regular sugar (according to taste)

  • Beat mascarpone cheese with a wooden spoon till smooth. Fold in the rest of the ingredients & mix with the spoon till smooth.

1 chocolate genoise sponge (recipe above)
1 portion of Mocha Mascarpone Cream (recipe above)
Coffee syrup
Dark chocolate shavings, flakes & coffee beans etc to garnish
To assemble:

  • Make a strong coffee syrup with 1/4 cup of hot water, 2-3 tsps sugar & 2 tsps coffee powder. Cool.
  • Cut the genoise into 2 horizontal layers.
  • Place one layer on the cake platter. Brush well with the coffee syrup. Sandwich with a little less than half the mocha mascarpone.
  • Top with the second layer, & brush that well with the coffee syrup.
  • Frost the top & sides of the cake with the remaining mascarpone. Grate dark chocolate over the top, edge with coffee beans, & sift cocoa over the edges.
  • Chill for 3-4 hours.

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • Maria
    6 years ago

    Your cake is fantastic. You can't go wrong with chocolate!

  • Elle
    6 years ago

    Do you know what you have done? You've given me a craving for chocolate cake with mascarpone! It's a gorgeous cake–you've outdone yourself on this one. Just beautiful!

  • Nithya
    6 years ago

    Can something tempt me more than this one.. too much.. it looks absolutely delicious :) Perfect cake.

  • browniegirl
    6 years ago

    OH MY HAT!!!!!!! YUMYUM!!! I am sooo going to try this soon. As soon as I stop running back and forth to hospital since Dons accident. Have had NO time for baking. Thank you Vindee. Ive never made mascarpone before and really want to try it as well. Cant always find it in the stores. I always make my own ricotta for the same reason. Happy birthday to your dad for whenever it was. Hugs & thanx for the good wishes xxx

  • lisaiscooking
    6 years ago

    This is just an incredible cake! You did a great job, as always. I'm going to have to try making mascarpone. It sounds amazing.

  • oneshotbeyond
    6 years ago

    this is one of those cakes I fear making! You make it all look so easy.

  • Judy@nofearentertaining
    6 years ago

    That cake looks so INCREDIBLE!!! Thank you so much for posting the homemade mascarpone, can't wait to try it. Now I just need to find the cream!

  • Rosa's Yummy Yums
    6 years ago

    That looks fantastic! An awesome genoise! How do you do to bake when it's hot? Everything tends to melt and the kitchen turns into a real sauna ;-P….



  • Rush
    6 years ago

    the ultimate mascarpone cake..i wana a BIG BITE!!!

  • Barbara Bakes
    6 years ago

    Homemade mascarpone sounds amazing! A gorgeous cake – you may never need to go to a bakery again!

  • Pavithra
    6 years ago

    Looks heaven and moist lovely looking .. Wish to learn more from you..

  • pigpigscorner
    6 years ago

    ahhh chocolate, something I cannot resist! Looks so beautiful!

  • Marta
    6 years ago

    Bless the Italians indeed!
    I love homemade mascarpone, it just tastes so clean and fresh… and it's exponentially cheaper than store-bought!
    This cake looks magestic!
    Oh, by the way, I tried your chocolate, cherry, walnut bars and they came out delicious, I took them to a hike and they wer an absolute hit!! Thanks :)

  • The Duo Dishes
    6 years ago

    Your photos are so great, and this cake…well it is a delicious masterpiece. Very well done.

  • Soma
    6 years ago

    A slice of heaven & i could die for it! Deeba this is the best so far:-) If i ever go to Delhi, this is what i want from you;-D

    I have no patience to read further now, will come back. right now i am just filling myself up with the pictures.

    had no idea that mascarpone can be made at home! this is one of my fav. dessert (cheese).

  • oneordinaryday
    6 years ago

    Looks positively gorgeous. I didn't know you could make your own mascarpone. Thanks for sharing this!

  • unconfidentialcook
    6 years ago

    OMG, this is so fantastic, and right up my alley. I just LOVE it, and can't wait to give it a try. Gorgeous!!!

  • Helene
    6 years ago

    Homemade ricotta. This is so great. Love your cake. It's beautiful.

  • Steph
    6 years ago

    Deeba, your cake looks amazing!! I know it tastes better than a storebought cake judging by the nice crumb and the homemade mascarpone. I just attempted a genoise and it was horrible. It looked ok before it went into the oven, but once it was in, it bubbled like crazy and then collapsed into a flat board with a million large holes everywhere. I think genoises are the toughest cake to make and not everyone can do it. I hope one day I can finally bake one as nice as yours.

  • Linda
    6 years ago

    Like a work of art…just beautiful. It looks so delicious.

  • Liliana
    6 years ago

    Deeba, this cake is DECADENT! You did a wonderful job!

  • Tangled Noodle
    6 years ago

    Deeba, this cake is magnificent! It would be so difficult to choose which of your creations is my favorite but this would come very close to the top. I was so proud of myself for making crème fraîche and now you've given me a reason to try making mascarpone.

    You've undone yourself with this cake . . . that is, until your next awesome baking endeavor!

  • Gloria
    6 years ago

    Deeba look absolutely WONDERFUL and AMAZING, you are a Master! xoxoxoxoxoxo Gloria

  • Gera @ SweetsFoods
    6 years ago

    Now I see the complete chocolate Nirvana hehe, not only at twitter… irresistible and spectacular!

    Deeba I want at least a slice…
    My sweet tooth is at the maximum level :)))



  • Jennifer
    6 years ago

    Over the top!!! WOW!!!!!!

  • Karine
    6 years ago

    That cake looks amazingly chocolaty delicious!

  • Jo
    6 years ago

    This is an absolutely gorgeous cake and I can already taste the mascapone and chocolate in my mouth.

  • Cheri
    6 years ago

    Oh my! This looks and sounds absolutely divine. I can't wait to try the mascarpone cheese. I stumbled across you on foodgawker.. and am I ever glad I did. I will definitely have to give the recipe a try!

  • arundati
    6 years ago

    what are you doing girl?? this is just fantastic….and i dont think i will ever be making it!! happy belated birthday to Dad…

  • Nags
    6 years ago

    i've only seen cakes like this in gourmet bakeries. whoah! :)

  • Heather
    6 years ago

    This truly is Cake Nirvana! Beautiful – and thanks for the lovely recipes too.

  • Madhuli
    6 years ago

    Hey Deeba..what a cake..blissful and I am specially happy since you have made the mascarpone making look so easy!thanks…i wish I stayed in delhi!:)

  • Prathibha
    6 years ago

    That look absolutely gorgeous..Wish I could have had a bite of it..

  • Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!"
    6 years ago

    Oooh, that is beautiful, and looks so delish!

    If I ever get around to making Tirimisu, I want to make my own mascarpone too.

  • muralimanohar
    6 years ago

    Homemade mascarpone. I would have never have thought of that on my own But you made it so easy, I HAVE to try it! 😀

  • Nicisme
    6 years ago

    I've never made my own mascarpone, but I use it a lot in cakes, I might try it myself after seeing this.
    The cake lookes awesome, would really love a slice, or two – no – make that three!!

  • Sophie
    6 years ago

    What a fabolous filled coffe & chocolate cake:

    absolutely filling, decadent & so awesome!! waw!!

  • Pari
    6 years ago

    Wow Thats a beautiful cake. You are truly a daring Baker Deeba. I have been just planning and planning of making mascarpone at home but never 'dared'. Will take some inspiration from you.

  • Raaga
    6 years ago

    lovely cake. Which brand of mascarpone are you talking about? Flanders? I didn't buy it though I saw it. Am off desserts for a while :)

  • Eliana
    6 years ago

    Homemade marscarpone sounds divine! Awesome job.

  • Curry Leaf
    6 years ago

    Awesome.I too would have licked the plate clean and demanded more and more.Love the cake,thanks for the mascarpone recipe as well.You r truly PASSIONATE

  • Dharm
    6 years ago

    Ooh! Oooh! I want some of this now!! Tell me, does Dutch Process really make a difference or would ordinary cocoa do? What about that homemade mascarpone – truly inspiring!!

  • Lucy
    6 years ago

    Eye candy at it's best!! soooo tempting!

  • Tartelette
    6 years ago

    Nothing beats homemade dairy! And to turn it into such a gorgeous cake? Well, bravo!! Absolutely delish!!

  • stephchows
    6 years ago

    ok WOW, this cake looks amazing!!! GREAT JOB!!!!

  • Donna-FFW
    6 years ago

    That is a beautiful masterpiece. The frosting alone sounds like a bit of Heaven!

  • nithya at hungrydesi
    6 years ago

    oh, wow. can i just order one from you?

  • Teanna
    6 years ago

    Deeba, that cake is outSTANDING! WOW WOW WOW!

  • Zita
    6 years ago

    Congrat's on your dad's b'day, this is defenitely the cake from my kind of heaven 😉
    I'm a triple teen but I'll lick the plate to if I was served a slice of this cake :)

  • Dana
    6 years ago

    Holy wow! Absolutely gorgeous. You did such great work here and the photos are phenomenal. My birthday is at the end of the month… :)

  • Betty's Cuisine
    6 years ago

    This is an absolutely fantastic cake! You have done a great job here…Bravo!!!

  • RedFenyx
    6 years ago

    OMG! This chocolate cake seems to be delicious!
    I do love mascarpone too, as many italians do ;D
    Definitely have to try it!

  • Natashya
    6 years ago

    Such a gorgeous cake! And congratulations on making your own mascarpone. I have that on my list of things to make, I am trying to get cheesy this year. :)

  • Donh
    6 years ago

    The Tbs of lime juice? The picture looks like lemons?

  • Ramya Kiran
    6 years ago

    Wow, this cake looks magnificent and scrumptious! I dint know Mascarpone cheese could be made at home. Lovely clicks too!

  • Marc @ NoRecipes
    6 years ago

    Looks delightful. I almost never crave chocolate desserts, but now I want this!

  • ButterYum
    6 years ago

    My taste buds are flipping over this flavorful combination! Looks amazing!

  • My comfort food network
    6 years ago

    This is sooooo mouth watering!!!! Drooooool! I can't imagine you made mascarpone at home. That is so awesome. I wouldn't have even imagined that you could make it at home. This looks really rich. Beautiful!

  • jasmine
    6 years ago

    It looks amazing. I love how you made your own marscapone.


  • Vera
    6 years ago

    What a gorgeous cake, Deeba! Your dad must be so pleased! Very Happy Birthday to him and the best wishes!

    Thank you very much for using the recipes and for your kind words :)

  • Hanaâ
    6 years ago

    Wonderful cake, Deeba. Decadent and creamy. I have Vera's mascarpone recipe on my todo list. After seeing your post, I bumped it up higher on my list :o)

    Congrats on the most popular blog post!!! :o)

    What a sweet daughter you are to make your dad such a gorgeous cake. He must be proud. Happy bday to him.

  • Ria
    6 years ago

    What a stunner Deeba!!! It's really beautiful!! I'm sure your dad must have had a great day with such a great baker in his daughter!! Belated Birthday Wishes to your Dad!!! :)

  • Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
    6 years ago

    The cake looks soo good! You've officially made me want to make mascarpone now, something I NEVER thought I would do!! You are a great daughter :) Belated birthday wishes to your dad!

  • Shabs..
    6 years ago

    Cudnt go without passing this comment on to u…..ur cake looks absolutely fabulous……and the photo is fantastic….great job…bookmarking u ….

  • Kerstin
    6 years ago

    Words can't describe how amazing your cake looks Deeba! Wow! The mocha mascarpone sounds so fantastic on its own!

  • Antonio Tahhan
    6 years ago

    the mascarpone in the middle sounds heavenly, as does everything around it.

  • Miakoda
    6 years ago

    This looks so luscious, Deeba and I'm always grateful for finding such recipes on your blog coz being in India too, most of the time, I can find the ingredients to re-create some of your delightful treats :)

  • Parita
    6 years ago

    Fabulous deeba! looks soo good!

  • Who Has Time To Cook?
    6 years ago

    Oh my. I keep thinking about everything my husband would do for me if I made him this cake. You think women are chocoholics — you haven't met my husband!

  • Divya Vikram
    6 years ago

    Looks just divine and gorgeous!

  • lisa (dandysugar)
    6 years ago

    Fantastic! Homemade mascarpone cream is my favorite frosting on a cake. I rarely ever do buttercreams anymore. Beautiful cake, Deeba! A perfect birthday gift!

  • Peter M
    6 years ago

    Deeba, my jaw has dropped – which isa good thing because now I can gulp a huge slab of this cake….Bravo, m'lady.

  • syrie
    6 years ago

    You are a true artist. This is absolutely stunning.

  • Yasmeen
    6 years ago

    Fabulous as always,Deeba!.Luscious homemade mascarpone sounds easy to make.

  • meeso
    6 years ago

    Nirvana, no kidding!

  • Palidor
    6 years ago

    Your layers look perfect. I wish I could tort a cake as well as you can.

  • Kamran Siddiqi
    6 years ago

    My kind of cake! Chocolate. I love how you used coffee syrup in the cake and coffee beans as a garnish. It really boosts the taste of the chocolate, which I love.

  • Bridget The Internet Chef
    6 years ago

    Hi Honey!

    What a beautiful recipe, thank you for sharing!

    I love it so much I've included it the "Top 21 Chocolate Cake recipe posts on twitter"

    Keep up the good work!


  • nora@ffr
    6 years ago

    ye cake look soo pretty!! sound choclatishly yummyy! 😀

  • stephchows
    6 years ago

    Fabulous!!! simply fabulous :)

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Hi! love ur creations! i tried making mascarpone and i think it turned out was dry wen i took it out of the fridge.But then to make the frosting wen i mixed with with a spoon and just little turned out watery u know not the cosistency of cream…Could u tell me where i went wrong?Thanx. Bsh.

  • Parita
    6 years ago

    Hi Deeba, I am planning to make some mascarpone cheese at home for a friend's bday cake all thanks to u as u r the inspiration :) I wanted to know the shelf life of mascarpone cheese and how can i store it in fridge? is there any specific way? Thanks!

  • lúdanyó
    6 years ago

    Hi, Deeba, I made this cake for my Mother's 75th birthday and it was excellent!! She loved it (and we also). Thank you for the recipe :)

  • s
    5 years ago

    This was one helluva fantastic cake. I made it a while back but am posting it now…thanks a ton deeba.

  • 4 years ago

    i’m so gonna bake this cake!!

  • kalpana
    3 years ago

    Superb cant stop replying about the pictures displayed .Thanks for the recipe.

  • Aruna
    2 years ago

    Thanks a ton! I am making this right now for my marriage anniversary. It seems to have turned out pretty ok.

  • Aiyesha
    2 years ago

    Hi Deeba, I am planning to bake this for my mum’s birthday right now. Quick Question – does the Genoise recipe actually use only 1/3 cup flour or should it be 1/2 cup instead? I googled other Genoise recipes and they all have 1/2 cup flour for 1/3 cup cocoa so that got me thinking. I will go ahead and try it out the way you have it written here.. hope it turns out okay :) Would really appreciate it if you could confirm. Thanks a ton – Aiyesha

    • Aiyesha
      2 years ago

      Update – my genoise turned out pretty dry and flattish. I think I should have beaten the egg mixture a bit longer as even though it tripled in volume and turned lighter in colour, it still seemed thin. :(

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